Maricopa County Elections Department Starting Spanish Campaign Due to Election-Date Error, Which Supervisor Wilcox Calls a "Tragedy"
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|Earlier this week, some were protesting the elections office. Now everyone's singin' Kumbaya.|
On two occassions, people noticed that materials distributed by the elections office listed Election Day as November 6 in English, but right next to it, the erroneous date of 8 de Noviembre was listed in Spanish.
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County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox said the elections department "will be reviewing how [the errors] got there in the first place," and referred to the errors as a "tragedy."
Wilcox and County Recorder Helen Purcell tried to deflect questions about how those errors were placed in there, instead trying to get everyone to focus on the Spanish-language campaign.
Wilcox said the plan is to use $30,000 in county funds for this campaign -- which includes flyers, radio ads, and TV ads -- but added that "if we need more, we will evaluate that."
The ads are slated to start running tomorrow on Spanish networks, and the radio ad -- which was previewed at a press conference this morning -- explains that an error was made, and reminds Spanish-speaking voters that the election date is November 6.
Most of the Latino leaders speaking at the press conference explained that they were satisfied with the county's move for an outreach campaign like this.
"It's not a crime to make a printing error," Democratic state Senator Steve Gallardo said. "It's a crime if you don't do anything."
Even Lydia Guzman -- who accompanied Randy Parraz and Citizens for a Better Arizona to drop off a calendar at the elections office earlier this week -- spoke at the press conference to voice her support of the elections office's move.
Although everyone seemed satisfied, Wilcox admitted that they can't be 100 percent sure that this campaign will rectify the errors.
Meanwhile, Purcell's still defending herself and her office from accusations of voter-suppression tactics, as these errors made national news.
"I wouldn't do that, and my staff would never do that," she said.
Wilcox said there will be an "investigation" into what happened, and assured everyone in attendance that there will be more answers at a later date.